The one who gently demands our free love and fidelity does it from one place alone! He has demanded it as he knelt before us to wash our feet. This gesture captured by the God who effortlessly threw the stars into orbit, is a gesture of God’s nearness and lowliness. How can we resist such a God who has gone before us to prepare a place for all eternity?
Let us be mindful, this is the ministerial priesthood of Christ breathing in its truest form. This is the priesthood which Christ desires for us.
In one of his books, Joseph Ratzinger speaks on this kneeling of the Lord. He states:
“But today there is one additional thing. The One whom we adore … is not some distant power. He has himself knelt down before us to wash our feet. And that gives to our adoration the quality of being unforced, adoration in joy and in hope, because we are bowing down before him who himself bowed down, because we bow down to enter into a love that does not make us slaves of us but transforms us. So let us ask the Lord that he may grant us to understand this and to rejoice in it and that this understanding and this joy may spread out from this day far and wide into our country and every day life” (God is Near Us, p. 113)